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The Importance of Atmospheric Microbial Contamination Control in Dental Offices: Raised Awareness Caused by the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic

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Department of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery and Radiology, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy, 400012 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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Clinic of Dermatology and Allergic Diseases, University Clinic Ulm, 89075 Ulm, Germany
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Department of Morphological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy, 400012 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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Department of Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy, 400012 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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Department of Molecular Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy, 400012 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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Faculty of Food Science and Technology, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Cluj-Napoca, 400374 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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Department of Dental Propaedeutics and Esthetics, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy, 400012 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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Department of Oral Health, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy, 400012 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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Avram Manea and Diana Crisan contributed equally to this article.
Academic Editor: Eduardo Ferreira da Silva
Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(5), 2359; https://doi.org/10.3390/app11052359
Received: 11 February 2021 / Revised: 28 February 2021 / Accepted: 4 March 2021 / Published: 7 March 2021
Background: In the context of the Sars-CoV-2 pandemic that started in 2020, more attention is being paid to the air quality in medical offices. The medical, economic and social implications of this crisis are unprecedented. Dental offices, particularly, were significantly affected by this pandemic due to the high exposure of dental workers, limited availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) and serious financial problems. Methods: Four different procedures were compared regarding their effectiveness in air contamination reduction, both from a biological point of view and from a management point of view: Fogging, Ultraviolet C (UVC) lamps, UVC air circulation units and natural ventilation. A total of 56 Petri dishes were used to evaluate air contamination. Results: All four procedures offered good results but the decontamination time and overall effect varied depending on the chosen method. Fogging was the only method that managed to remove all the identifiable pathogens. Conclusions: Fogging proved to be superior from a medical point of view, while the UVC air circulation unit proved to be more efficient from a management point of view. View Full-Text
Keywords: Sars-CoV-2; COVID-19; dental; UVC; fogging; ventilation Sars-CoV-2; COVID-19; dental; UVC; fogging; ventilation
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Manea, A.; Crisan, D.; Baciut, G.; Baciut, M.; Bran, S.; Armencea, G.; Crisan, M.; Colosi, H.; Colosi, I.; Vodnar, D.; Aghiorghiesei, A.; Aghiorghiesei, O.; Onisor, F.; Dinu, C. The Importance of Atmospheric Microbial Contamination Control in Dental Offices: Raised Awareness Caused by the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic. Appl. Sci. 2021, 11, 2359. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11052359

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Manea A, Crisan D, Baciut G, Baciut M, Bran S, Armencea G, Crisan M, Colosi H, Colosi I, Vodnar D, Aghiorghiesei A, Aghiorghiesei O, Onisor F, Dinu C. The Importance of Atmospheric Microbial Contamination Control in Dental Offices: Raised Awareness Caused by the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic. Applied Sciences. 2021; 11(5):2359. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11052359

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Manea, Avram, Diana Crisan, Grigore Baciut, Mihaela Baciut, Simion Bran, Gabriel Armencea, Maria Crisan, Horatiu Colosi, Ioana Colosi, Dan Vodnar, Alexandra Aghiorghiesei, Ovidiu Aghiorghiesei, Florin Onisor, and Cristian Dinu. 2021. "The Importance of Atmospheric Microbial Contamination Control in Dental Offices: Raised Awareness Caused by the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic" Applied Sciences 11, no. 5: 2359. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11052359

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